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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 07-01-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Looking to drop my car nothing special just something a bit more sportier, say about 2 inches. What do you guys recommend, im not trying to spend too much money on coil overs and such just want something more sporty
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Old 07-02-2011, 02:05 AM   #2
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Look through this. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=731343 It will give you ideas of what to choose
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Old 07-02-2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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Tein s type springs will give you a nice drop. Only 179 before shipping on ebay. They don't list the xi but, silverxi has them on his and it looks great. Plan on doing your struts shocks and rear control arms when you drop it and be sure to get an alignment when its done or you'll go through rear tires like they're going out of style.
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:05 PM   #4
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sorry for the noob question but whats the reason for the rear tires being used up so fast
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Old 07-02-2011, 07:28 PM   #5
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When you lower a car you are changing the geometry of the suspension. In doing so the rear tires generally get lots of extra negative camber. This negative camber causes abnormally fast wear on the inner tread of your tires. I made the mistake of not having one of my cars realigned after lowering it and went through my rear tires in a few thousand miles. Spend the money now, or buy a couple of new tires every few months. Your call.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:16 AM   #6
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When you lower a car you are changing the geometry of the suspension. In doing so the rear tires generally get lots of extra negative camber. This negative camber causes abnormally fast wear on the inner tread of your tires. I made the mistake of not having one of my cars realigned after lowering it and went through my rear tires in a few thousand miles. Spend the money now, or buy a couple of new tires every few months. Your call.
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Old 07-04-2011, 01:43 AM   #7
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i got eibach springs n bilstein shocks...the shocks r little over 400 on bavauto.com and ya can find the eibachs in alot of places
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:19 PM   #8
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Just want to say the roads in NYC are so bad...
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:31 PM   #9
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Tein s type springs will give you a nice drop. Only 179 before shipping on ebay. They don't list the xi but, silverxi has them on his and it looks great. Plan on doing your struts shocks and rear control arms when you drop it and be sure to get an alignment when its done or you'll go through rear tires like they're going out of style.
Thanks for the comment Nich. An he's telling like it is, when I lowered my xi on Tein S springs i made the mistake of not getting lower control arms at the same time. I went through a set of rear tires (inner tread) in about a month. So get the arms at the same time as the springs or, when you can. you'll save $ not buying a set of tires. The lower adjustable control arms are about $150 shipped on E-bay. If you a DIY'er between the springs an, control arms they can be done in a few hours.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:42 PM   #10
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Saw some used ones in classifieds for $100. I don't remember the exact brand but they were for Xi. I think it was on this site. I looked but couldn't find them.
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Old 07-06-2011, 08:49 PM   #11
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Looking to drop my car nothing special just something a bit more sportier, say about 2 inches. What do you guys recommend, im not trying to spend too much money on coil overs and such just want something more sporty
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:20 AM   #12
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thanks for all the advice guys i will def take my time into looking into all of this and not rushing into this project.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:48 PM   #13
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When I lived in NY I worked in Maspeth, not far from Corona. The roads were so bad I couldn't see lowering a car unless the underside had armor plate...
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:44 PM   #14
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My '01 300xi has the H&R Sport Kit on it and I can't say enough good things about the ride quality. Still have the OEM 17" rims, but the (roughly) 1.5" drop makes all the difference without being too harsh. Good luck with the mods.
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:15 AM   #15
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My '01 300xi has the H&R Sport Kit on it and I can't say enough good things about the ride quality. Still have the OEM 17" rims, but the (roughly) 1.5" drop makes all the difference without being too harsh. Good luck with the mods.
did you have to get lower control arms w that
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Old 07-16-2011, 09:34 AM   #16
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I put the Eibach Pro Kit and Bilstein sport springs on my 325xi at 85k miles. During installation, I replaced the front shock mounts, rear strut mounts, front control arm bushings and rear trailing arm bushings. After the installation, I had a full alignment. I've got 40k miles on the suspension in all conditions and my tire wear is perfectly even. I couldn't be more pleased.

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Old 07-27-2011, 11:05 AM   #17
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When I lived in NYC: Three (3) bent rims and I only drove in and out of town on the weekends. No way would I lower a car, or reduce spring travel in that town on it's pothole-filled roads.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:10 AM   #18
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So the lower control arms are different from the rear trailing arms I take it? Also should I worry about the FCAs? Or just rear.
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Old 08-03-2011, 11:19 AM   #19
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i understand the pot hole thing and messed up roads seeing as how i blew out 6 tires and bent one rim this year, but at the same time i cant stand the height of my xi, i just want it to appear atleast like a ZHP from the stance
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:34 PM   #20
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Thanks for the comment Nich. An he's telling like it is, when I lowered my xi on Tein S springs i made the mistake of not getting lower control arms at the same time. I went through a set of rear tires (inner tread) in about a month. So get the arms at the same time as the springs or, when you can. you'll save $ not buying a set of tires. The lower adjustable control arms are about $150 shipped on E-bay. If you a DIY'er between the springs an, control arms they can be done in a few hours.
My 01 325xi got new FCA's at 134,xxx miles and now I need new shocks/springs at 155,xxx. I don't need to get new front control arms do I? I was planning on getting just RTA's and possibly new RSMs.
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